Sam Allardyce had the whole Newcastle team in yesterday, at their Darsley training base, so the team could go over the mistakes that were made in the devastating loss to Portsmouth on Saturday. They watched a video of the game.
Big Sam has a deserved reputation as one of the Premier Leagueâ€™s most meticulous managers in terms of preparation, and we can only imagine how many times Big Sam went through the goals yesterday.
Sam Allardyce – angry after the match on Saturday – who wouldn’t be?
Steve Harper talked about the experience at the official re-opening of a healthy living centre in his home town of Easington. The Healthworks center has been refurbished at a cost of Â£750K, and was opened by local MP John Cummings:
â€œWe were devastated,â€ â€œWeâ€™ve looked at the video this morning. That was no fun at all, but we needed to do it. We had a constructive meeting and looked at what went wrong. It was before training.â€
â€œ We do a lot with the video before the match in terms of preparation and afterwards in terms of analysis and it needed to happen.â€
â€œWe were in on Sunday for a bit of a recovery situation, then that meeting needed to happen yesterday. It wasnâ€™t great viewing, but we needed to see it. Weâ€™ve identified the things to be worked on. It was as constructive as it could be.â€
â€œSaturday wasnâ€™t great, but itâ€™s history now. Weâ€™ve dealt with it and put it to bed. Weâ€™ll go into training today and turn our attention towards building to a massive game on Saturday.â€
Not surprisingly the team was completely gutted on Saturday after the game. Itâ€™s not pleasant to give your worst display of the season in front of 52,000 of your fans. Steve went on:
â€œWe were totally gutted,â€ â€œThe manager was very angry and rightly so. The first goal (a 30-yard strike from defender Noe Pamarot) was a wonder goal but then individual errors gave us a mountain to climb.â€
â€œ What went wrong? I wish I knew. We looked at the video and had a bit of an inquest. We felt we had to analyze what happened in those eleven minutes.â€
Sunderland were beaten on the road last night at Manchester City, but they put up a reasonable show without having any real class in the side. However, they have most of their points from their home games and have only one clean sheet for the season. A win is possible on Saturday, but Newcastle will need to be at their best, unlike last week.
You can let us have you views of the Sunderland game on the Newcastle United Forum and let us know what you think the team should be, which is anybody’s guess right now.